- Locals, farmers delighted over Kaleshwaram gift
Sircilla: A picturesque locale was what greeted IT and MAUD Minister KT Rama Rao when he visited his constituency on Wednesday. It was cause for celebration not only for TRS, of which he is the Working President but also for locals as a whole because Godavari waters from Kaleshwaram project reached the town on Tuesday. This accomplishment will address several problems of the people.
And the Minister did not miss out on expressing his sense of pride. His tweet says it all.”As Sircilla is brimming with Godavari water, it has filled joy in the eyes of farmers. Happy and proud to be MLA of Sircilla.”
The engineering marvel Kaleshwaram, the brainchild of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, is the world’s largest lift irrigation project. Being constructed at a cost of over Rs one lakh crore to irrigate about 50 lakh acres in the State, it also will be providing drinking water to all the districts in the State.
The swelling waters at Sircilla have become a visual treat for people not only from Sircilla but also neighbouring districts.
Thousands of visitors who are thronging Sircilla to have a glimpse of the scenic beauty and are comparing it to ‘Papikondalu’ near Rajahmundry, where the Godavari meanders between two hills and provides a mesmerising delight.
People, including engineers, are astonished to see Godavari waters reaching Sircilla, which is 1,250 feet above sea level. This has been achieved, thanks to the visionary Kaleshwaram project. Godavari water is being lifted from Medigadda barrage, which is part of Kaleshwaram. Water travelled a distance of 172 kilometres, all the way from Medigadda barrage, where the lifting starts, to reach Sircilla.
The barrage has 20 pumping stations and each station, with a capacity of 40MWs, has a capacity to lift 660 cusecs of water, which is almost unheard of across the globe.
If not for Kaleshwaram project, the water that reached Sircilla would have ended up as a waste in the sea.
The Mid-Manair dam in Sircilla is being filled with Godavari water. Once filled, it will irrigate over two lakh acres in upland Rajanna-Sircilla district.
Besides, it will also resolve the drinking water woes of people in the district. Farmers can raise two crops with abundant water availability.
This, in turn, will boost economic activity in the district and improve the living standards of people.